Domestic Abuse and Violence
The cross-government definition of domestic violence and abuse from the Domestic Abuse Act 2021 is:
Behaviour of a person (“A”) towards another person (“B”) is “domestic abuse” if—
(a)A and B are each aged 16 or over and are personally connected to each other, and
(b)the behaviour is abusive.
(3)Behaviour is “abusive” if it consists of any of the following—
(a)physical or sexual abuse;
(b)violent or threatening behaviour;
(c)controlling or coercive behaviour;
(d)economic abuse (see subsection (4));
(e)psychological, emotional or other abuse;
and it does not matter whether the behaviour consists of a single incident or a course of conduct.
(4)“Economic abuse” means any behaviour that has a substantial adverse effect on B’s ability to—
(a)acquire, use or maintain money or other property, or
(b)obtain goods or services.
(5)For the purposes of this Act A’s behaviour may be behaviour “towards” B despite the fact that it consists of conduct directed at another person (for example, B’s child).
(6)References in this Act to being abusive towards another person are to be read in accordance with this section.
(7)For the meaning of “personally connected”, see below
Definition of “personally connected”:
(1)For the purposes of this Act, two people are “personally connected” to each other if any of the following applies—
(a)they are, or have been, married to each other;
(b)they are, or have been, civil partners of each other;
(c)they have agreed to marry one another (whether or not the agreement has been terminated);
(d)they have entered into a civil partnership agreement (whether or not the agreement has been terminated);
(e)they are, or have been, in an intimate personal relationship with each other;
(f)they each have, or there has been a time when they each have had, a parental relationship in relation to the same child (see subsection (2));
(g)they are relatives.
If you or someone else is in immediate danger you should call 999. If you or someone else do not feel speaking to the operator is safe then a silent solution can be used of pressing 55 when prompted to do so.
If you would like to speak to someone about domestic abuse you can call the National Domestic Abuse Helpline, run by Refuge:
Tel: 0808 2000 247
or visit the website at www.nationaldahelpline.org.uk
Other useful contacts are:
- IMPAKT Housing & Support (domestic abuse support provided by Domestic Abuse Support Service_DASS)
0300 373 1073
- REFUGE – The staff will offer confidential, non-judgemental information and support.
07787 255821 or 0808 2000 247
- MANKIND – helping men escape Domestic Abuse
01823 334 244
Open weekdays (10am to 4pm).
- Cambridge Women’s Aid
- Men’s Advice Line
Men can call Men’s Advice Line on 0808 8010 327 (Monday to Friday 10am to 8pm), or visit the webchat at Men’s Advice Line (Wednesday 10am to 11.30am and 2.30pm to 4pm) for non-judgemental information and support.
- if you identify as LGBT+ you can call Galop on 0800 999 5428 for emotional and practical support.
- anyone can call Karma Nirvana on 0800 5999 247 (Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm) for forced marriage and honour crimes. You can also call 020 7008 0151 to speak to the GOV.UK Forced Marriage Unit
- Driving a car in a dangerous way
- Calling someone hurtful names like ‘slag’
- Taking photos of intimate moments without consent
- Not giving a person their money
- Stopping a person from getting a job
- Telling a person they are always wrong
- Calling a person names
- Keeping a person away from family and friends
- Making a person feel scared
- Making threats to do something